Citizens, cops thwart kidnap bid

Alert citizens and cops foiled an alleged kidnapping attempt outside the Cuff Parade Police Station on Saturday morning. At 11.30 am, Anil Thorat, 30, a native of Yavatmal, allegedly picked up a four-year-old boy and began to flee. He was stopped by alert bystanders and policemen. He was arrested and remanded in police custody till January 23, sources said. "We do not know Thorat's motive for kidnapping the child. We are investigating the case and are verifying his background," said Janardhan Kharat, senior police inspector, Cuffe Parade Police Station.

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